The Tony Awards are one of the highest honorable awards that are being presented for Excellence in Theatre. Actually, the original name of the award is the Antoinette Perry Award that recognizes accomplishment in live Broadway theater. The awards are jointly presented by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing at a yearly ceremony in the New York City. The awards are presented for Broadway productions and recitals, and an award is given for regional theater. Quite a lot of optional non-spirited awards are also presented, including the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theater, a Special Tony Award and the Isabelle Stevenson Award.
The set of laws for these awards are described in the authorized Rules and Regulations document of Tony Awards of the Theater Wing of America, which is applicable only for that period. These awards are considered the highest United States theater honor, equivalent to the Academy Awards of the New York theater industry award for action movies, the Emmy Awards for television, the Grammy Awards for music, the Molière Award of France and the United Kingdom Laurence Olivier Award for theater.
The Tony Awards observance was held from 1997 to 2010 at the New York Radio City Music Hall in the month of June and transmitted live on CBS TV, except during 1999, when it was organized at the Gershwin Theater. The official ceremony of these awards was held during 2011 and 2012 at the Beacon Theater. The 67th annual Tony Awards ceremony was returned to Radio City Music Hall on the 9th of June 2013, as did the 68th award ceremony on the 8th of June 2014.
The Tony Award was founded during 1947 by a group of the Theater Wing of America led by Brock Pemberton, an American theatrical director and producer. The Tony Award is called by the name of a director, an actress, producer and co-creator of the Theater Wing of America, called Antoinette Perry, pet named as Tony who died during 1946. The earliest Tony Awards ceremony was held at the hotel, the Waldorf Astoria on the 6th of April 1947 in the New York City
Categories of Tony awards
As of the year 2014, there are a total of 24 categories of Tony Awards, including several special awards. Initiating with 11 awards during 1947, the names and quantity of categories have altered over the years. These changes include the current Best Book of a Musical category was at first called "Best Author (Musical)". The Best Costume Design category award was among the original awards. For two years, during 1960 and 1961, this award category was divided into the Best Costume Designer (Musical) and the Best Costume Designer (Dramatic) awards. After that, it went to a solo award category, but during 2005 it was again separated. For the Best Director of the Play award category, a solitary category was awarded for play and musical directors before 1960.
The Isabelle Stevenson Award, which was the recently established non-competitive award, was presented for the first time at the Tony Awards ceremony during 2009. The award is presented for a character that has made a considerable involvement of the volunteered time and endeavor in support of one or more compassionate, social service or generous organizations.
The Best Special Theatrical Event award category was withdrawn during the 2009–2010 period. The Best Sound Design of a Musical and the Best Sound Design of Play award categories were withdrawn during the 2014-2015 period.